OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF

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Included in your tuition: Our professional staff of full-time, year-round licensed counselors, nutrition experts and child development professionals provides guidance to parents before camp even starts.

After camp ends, parents and campers get 12 months of wraparound professional support.

When we say we're here for you, we mean it. We're only a phone call, email or message away. And we're happy to talk to key teachers, counselors or your child's doctor to coordinate care if you'd like us to.

Parents rate our after-camp support

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Jessica Revord Dorgan, MA, LPC, NCC

Director of Admissions

Jessica leads the Empowered Wellness admissions team and works one-on-one with families throughout the process. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor with a specialization in health, wellness, and addictions.

Jessica began her work with clients facing food and body image struggles in a therapeutic behavioral camp environment and has held Clinical Director, Behavioral Coach and Admissions Coordinator roles. She also held the position of admissions counselor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

She graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor’s in Health Science and a Master’s in Human Developmental Clinical Counseling. During graduate school she implemented a health and wellness initiative called “Get Fit, Stay Fit” for Bradley University.

Her passion is instilling positive behavior changes within teenagers and young adults. In her free time, you can find Jessica, running her next race for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Charity, coaching high school athletes, or traveling the world.

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Nikki Downey, CTRS

Camp Director
Nikki holds the national Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), ensuring professional expertise in directing therapeutic summer camps, developing adaptive programs and creating inclusive environments in recreational settings.

She earned a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Sports Management from Florida International University and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Education focusing on exercise physiology and community health from the University of Cincinnati.

Nikki is also a certified Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor and an American Camp Association Visitor.

She is experienced in youth development and enjoys coaching and mentoring teens and young adults.  In her spare time, Nikki volunteers for Give Back Cincinnati and Girls On The Run.  When she’s not leading camps, volunteering, or coaching, you can find her hiking the hills of Cincinnati, hanging out with her nieces and nephew, running in local races, or dancing the Argentine tango.

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Carolyn "Cari" Coulter Thiede, RD, LD

Director of Nutrition

Cari is a registered dietitian and has over a decade of weight management experience in both corporate and clinical environments. She has been interviewed by Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, Fitness Magazine, the Huffington Post, and a number of other publications and has published articles in dozens of online and print media.

She attained her RD through the University of Houston’s Dietetic Internship Program and also holds a certificate of training from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She graduated with honors from Miami University with a BA in psychology and a minor in nutrition and completed her dietetic coursework at NYU’s Steinhardt Graduate School.

She lives in Texas with her husband, son, and two dogs.

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Tracy Wilson

Outreach Director

Tracy manages the Outreach Program for Empowered Wellness. She is a trained English teacher who holds a bachelor's degree in English and a credentialed teacher's license from the University of Northern Colorado. She has founded and led several successful small businesses.

As the mom of seven children, three adopted internationally, Tracy's passion is children and healthy families. She created the Community ONE:27 non-profit organization to help build awareness around the need for foster and adoptive families and to support families who have fostered and adopted.

Over the years, Tracy has personally dealt with food sensitivities and learned to adapt her diet to help her feel better. Her struggle took years of diet adjustments, learning about nutrition, and discovering new ways to incorporate real food into her own way of eating and her family's diet.

She is dedicated to helping her seven children make healthy choices and consciously incorporates the principles of Empowered Wellness into daily life with her children.

Tracy loves visiting national parks with her family and loves any and all outdoor activities. She coaches many of her children's sports teams and volunteers in beautiful Santa Barbara through her church and the local school.